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Toolkit Case: Disha Ravi Granted Bail By Delhi Court

Devanshi Doshi

A Sessions Court in Delhi Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested in connection with a toolkit on the farmers’ protest that was tweeted by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. The court observed that the police investigation in the case was “scanty and sketchy”, reported Indian Express. 

“In my considered opinion, citizens are conscience keepers of government in any democratic nation. they cannot be put behind the bars because they choose to disagree with the State policies. The offence of sedition cannot be invoked to minister to the wounded vanity of the governments,” additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana said in his order granting bail to Disha Ravi. 

Her parents expressed gratitude and said that their faith in judiciary has now been reinstated.

"I am happy that she got bail.It has reinforced our faith in the system," Disha Ravi''s mother Manjula told reporters here. Disha''s father Ravi was also present. Manjula said their daughter had been repeatedly telling them to stay stronger. "Now, she will come out," she said.

 "I don't know how to say thanks to all the people who supported her and came out for her," she added. She also said when her daughter returned home to Bengaluru, "I just want to hug her and feed her." 

"Every time Disha spoke to us it was she who gave us the confidence and strength. My daughter is very strong and bold (and) after all this, I have emerged a stronger mother," she said.

"My message to other parents - we should stand by our children (and) in such difficult times we should be strong for them," Ms Ravi's mother said, reported NDTV.com. 

Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 by Delhi Police for allegedly creating and sharing the protest toolkit backing the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s new farm laws. Delhi Police has claimed the toolkit was created and shared “to tarnish India’s image” and that “pro-Khalistani” elements were included in the document. 

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